Physician Assistant Cost and Aid

Let’s look at the cost of an MSPA at MBU, and some of the ways we work with you to make your education affordable for you and your family.


2023-24 Estimated Costs

MSPA DidacticMSPA Clinical
SpringSummerFallSpringSummerFallSpringProgram Total (7 semesters)
Full- Time Tuition$14,560$7,280$14,560$14,560$7,280$14,560$14,560$87,360
Program Fee$500$500$500$1,500
Application Fee$45$45
Credentialing Fee$15$15$15$15$15$15$15$105

Please note:

Tuition and fees are set annually and may be subject to change. Costs based on full-time status (9 or more credits per semester). To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must be enrolled in 4.5 credit hours per semester.

Outside expenses may include:

During the application process, a $45 supplementary application fee is submitted through CASPA. For accepted students, a nonrefundable $2,000 deposit fee will be levied and applied to tuition upon matriculation.

All students are required to obtain a background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. Certain clinical sites may require an updated background check and drug screen for the clinical year. MDCHS reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission or dismiss a student based on information received during this process. These steps would be at the student’s expense.

The Program Fee attempts to cover required educational and technology resources for students. This fee will reduce the number of resources you are responsible for purchasing out-of-pocket and it can be applied to financial aid costs. For example, the fee covers your electronic textbooks, DynaMed access, and ultrasound tuition.

Living expenses will vary significantly during different phases of the program and according to student preference. During the clinical year, expect an increase in out-of-pocket expenses for travel to and from clinical sites, and, if necessary, local housing. 

All students are required to carry health insurance for the duration of their program. Students are not required to enroll in the MDCHS student health insurance plan, as long as they provide proof of active/comparable insurance through a hard waiver process. This is separate from any professional liability insurance: MDCHS provides a professional liability policy for all student activities. Students are not required to carry separate liability insurance.

To view different types of aid you may be eligible for as a PA student, please visit the Graduate Student Financial Aid page